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December 19, 2013  |  Issue #672  
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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg
A Smokin’ Resolution

In the 50s, 60s and 70s, you weren’t really LUCKY if you didn’t have one of these brands slipped between your fingers as you lifted your martini (shaken, not stirred) to your mouth in a smoke-filled lounge. And if your coughing did not keep you from riding PALL MALL across MARLBORO country, seeing the smoke curl up under your cowboy hat was really KOOL. At least, that is what the mass media was trying to tell you.

I remember that my dad was never too far from his pack of KENT cigarettes and EVEN after his cancer diagnosis in 1990, he found it extremely difficult to quit. I assure you, it is extremely difficult for a smoker to quit. One challenge we have as family members of smokers is to comprehend how really difficult it is to kick the habit   ...more

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Keeping Track of Medications Safely
By Sandra Ray, Staff Writer

The over 65 population in America purchases and consumes more medications than any other age group. According to the Food and Drug Administration, they purchase more than 30 percent of all prescription medication and more than 40 percent of over the counter (OTC) medicines. Estimates are that as many as 90 percent of seniors use either herbal remedies or vitamins.  ...more

Caregiver Holiday Special

Coping with Holidays as a Caregiver
By Brenda Race

We all know that Holidays can be a very stressful time just in living an ordinary family life. There is much confusion with the hustle and bustle of preparing for extra company, fixing special meals and playing the host while trying to also enjoy the whole experience ourselves. For the caregiver, this time can add a whole new set of stresses to an already stressful situation ...more

Home Safety Tips

You feel safe and secure with your loved one watching television close by in the next room. On a daily basis, you meticulously monitor their diet, hygiene and warnings on their over-the-counter and prescription medication. Nothing has been left to chance, so you think. What about making your home safe from injuries? Hidden dangers in the home can cause your loved one to have a terrible fall but it can be avoided  ...more


From Frank in Bowling Green, KY:  Ask the motel about where their handicap parking is located. Most motels somehow get exceptions and put the handicap parking downhill, so you have to walk out in traffic to get to the front door or they don't have access aisles. One motel we stayed in recently had a bench in the shower that was not put together right and sloped down in front. The shower had the soap dish at the other end of the shower from the bench. Another had a shower that allowed the water to go out onto the bathroom floor, which made it slick. Ask a lot of questions to make them think about what a handicapped person needs

From Sylvia in Columbus, GA:  Get copies of the patient's medical records, including lab results and notes, as soon as possible in order to make corrections. Attend ALL care plan meetings to become aware of any concerns and procedure changes.


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